Dr. Sadik Ahmet commemorated in Ankara

Western Thrace
Mon, 10 Jan 2022 22:17 GMT
The Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) organized a commemoration program in the Capital of Turkey Ankara for Dr. Sadik Ahmet, the unforgettable leader of Western Thrace Turks, on the 75th anniversary of his birth. The book about Sad...
Dr. Sadik Ahmet commemorated in Ankara

The Presidency for Turks Abroad and Related Communities (YTB) organized a commemoration program in the Capital of Turkey Ankara for Dr. Sadik Ahmet, the unforgettable leader of Western Thrace Turks, on the 75th anniversary of his birth.

The book about Sadik Ahmet's life and struggle was also introduced.

The program was organized at Turkish Presidency National Library in Ankara.

The Minister of National Defense of Turkey, Deputy Ministers of Foreign Affairs and Culture, party leaders and representatives and many guests attended.

In the commemoration program attended by the family of Dr.Sadik Ahmet and many young people from Western Thrace, attention was drawn to Sadik Ahmet's life full of struggle, fighting for the rights of Western Thrace Turks.

On the 75th anniversary of his birth, Dr. Sadik Ahmet Commemoration Program;

The Minister of National Defense of Turkey Hulusi Akar, Chief of General Staff Yaşar Güler, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Yavuz Selim Kıran, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Serdar Çam, YTB President Abdullah Eren, former chairman of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and member of the Turkish Presidency High Advisory Board Köksal Toptan, AK Party Bursa Deputy Hakan Çavuşoğlu, MHP Deputy Chairman Kamil Aydın, Grand Unity Party ( BBP) Chairman Mustafa Destici, Friendship Equality Peace Party (DEB) Chairman Çiğdem Asafoğlu, Turkish Armed Forces Force Commanders, Sadık Ahmet's family and many young people from Western Thrace attended the program.

As part of the program, a photography exhibition and personal belongings of Sadık Ahmet were also displayed at the entrance of the conference hall. Sadik Ahmet's favorite folk songs were sung by State Turkish Folk Music Chorus artists.

A group of students from Western Thrace sang the Sadik Ahmet Anthem. The video prepared about Sadik Ahmet's life and struggle was also presented to the guests. A folk song feast was performed by Aşık Kul Nuri. A student from Western Thrace read the letter he wrote to Sadik Ahmet.

A MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT ERDOGAN: “WE WILL WORK FOR THE TURKS OF WESTERN THRACE WITH ALL OUR OPPORTUNITIES”

At the beginning of the program, the message sent by the President of Turkey, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was also read. In his message, Erdogan, underlined Dr. Sadik Ahmet's struggle for rights and freedom; He pointed out that he was a source of inspiration not only for the Turks of Western Thrace, but also for the entire Turkish-Islamic geography and oppressed peoples around the World.

President Erdogan said; “As 84 million, we will continue to support and protect our brothers and sisters in Western Thrace with all our means. We will work with all our strength to further the achievements of the Turks of Western Thrace on the basis of bilateral agreements and international law.”

VIDEO MESSAGE FROM ŞENTOP

Mustafa Şentop, the Chairman of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey, in his video message underlined that Doctor Sadik Ahmet is a brave man who challenges the oppressors who try to ignore the rights that the Turks of Western Thrace have under international law.

DR. SADIK AHMET THE SYMBOL NAME OF WESTERN TRACE TURKS-THE FEARLESS LEADER

The Minister of National Defense of Turkey Hulusi Akar, in his speech stated that, a very valuable work that will introduce Sadik Ahmet to future generations was promoted. He congratulated those who contributed to the preparation of this valuable work about Sadik Ahmet, his struggle and the problems of the Western Thrace Turks.

“Sadik Ahmet is the symbol name and fearless leader of Western Thrace Turks,” Akar said and continued to his speech as follows: “Making the voices of his cognates heard to the world against the unjust and unlawful actions of the Greek administration against the Western Thrace Turks. He made a great effort and devoted his life to his cause. Despite the difficulties, pressures, threats and prison sentences he received while making these efforts, he never backed down from his case.”

“TURKS NEVER LEFT HIM ALONE”

Western Thrace Turkish society, did not leave him alone and continue walking on the path he opened. It is our duty to protect the legacy of Sadik Ahmet and to pass this legacy on to future generations. Minister Akar said.

In his speech Akar drew the attention to some problems experienced in Greece, the Aegean sea, the Mediterranean sea and Cyprus, and said, " in order to improve the situation of the Turks of Western Thrace we express at every opportunity that all issues should be considered within the framework of international law and bilateral agreements, within the framework of universal human rights,."

“SADIK AHMET'S GREATEST LEGACY TO US”

Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism Serdar Cam said that, by drawing lessons from all the painful memories from the past, it is necessary to look at the past correctly and to find ways to move forward with strong steps to the future.

Çam also said that, Sadik Ahmet's greatest message was his teaching; He described it as proving that it is possible to raise a society to its feet only by being a well-trained leader, without resorting to marginality, pro-peace, political movement, without resorting to street movements.

VIOLATIONS OF RIGHTS IN WESTERN THRACE CONTINUE

YTB ​​President Abdullah Eren in his speech pointed out that the Western Thrace region has a special importance in the Balkans.

Emphasizing that the violations of rights and freedoms, which almost became a blockade on our compatriots in Western Thrace in the late 70s and 80s, still continue today. Eren also noted that these violations are clearly seen in matters such as charity foundation administrations, education and mufti election.

DR. SADIK AHMET BOOK

Eren noted that they spent weeks with high emotional intensity during the preparation of the program and the book, in order to created a work that tries to be worthy of Sadık Ahmet.

He said that this valuable work and this program, which was presented to the appreciation of Sadik Ahmet, is to understand and explain his cause, is a gift to the Turkishness of Western Thrace.

Concluding his speech with a chapter he wrote on the introduction of the book, Eren said that Sadık Ahmet's struggle with his courage and bravery sheds still light on today. In order to understand the issue of Western Thace is possible by knowing and understanding  Sadik Ahmet.

“WE PASS THE STREET NAMED DOCTOR SADIK AHMET EVERY MORNING”

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey Yavuz Selim Kıran, in his speech said that they passed the street bearing the name of Sadik Ahmet every morning "We start our shift every morning by commemorating Dr. Sadik Ahmet. But we don't just remember him. While trying to make sense of his entrustment to us, the most important legacy, the most important task, on every Turkish diplomat is Western Thrace on every platform of the world. We remember every day that it was to defend his cause." he said.

WE WILL SAY EVERYWHERE WE ARE TURK

There were emotional moments in the hall during the speech of Levent Sadik Ahmet, the son of Doctor Sadik Ahmet.

Addressing the Western Thrace youth, Levent Sadik Ahmet stated that they will continue to work for Western Thrace cause until the end, and that they will always shout everywhere that they are Turk.

Even while his father was going to jail, Levent Sadik Ahmet said, “I am being taken to prison because I am a Turk. If being Turk is a crime, I repeat it here once again; I am a Turk and I will remain so”.

Emphasizing that his father lost his life as a result of an assassination whose smoke curtain has not been lifted yet, Levent Sadik Ahmet said, “We made a promise that day. We said that the flag does not fall to the ground, this case does not end here. It's not over and it won't be. We, my family, who bear the surname of Sadik Ahmet, will always shout that we are Turk under all circumstances and everywhere.”

HE CARRIED THE PROBLEMS OF WESTERN THRACE TURKS TO INTERNATIONAL PLATFORMS

The editor of the book, Assoc. Dr. Nilufer Erdem, noted that Sadik Ahmet listened to the problems of every Western Thrace Turk, she underlined that there is no Turkish village in the region that he has not visited.

She said that Sadik Ahmet was the first independent Western Thrace Turkish deputy to serve in the Greek parliament and brought the problems of Western Thrace Turks to international platforms.

GREAT LEADERS ACT LIKE SADIK AHMET

Former Chairman of the Grand National Assembly of Turkey and a member of the Presidency High Advisory Board Köksal Toptan, expressed that it is their duty to keep the principles of Sadık Ahmet alive, he said, "To keep that flag high without ever lowering it is a duty given to the youth of Western Thrace."

Toptan explained how Dr. Sadik Ahmet did a lot in his short life, and conclude his speech by saying  "This is what great men do. This is what great states do."

WESTERN THRACE TURKS NEVER FORGET SADIK AHMET

AK Party Bursa Deputy Hakan Çavuşoğlu and the Chairman of the Parliamentary Human Rights Commission stated that Western Thrace Turks are trying to raise the voice of love, friendship and brotherhood, and said, "Unfortunately, Greece is far from this voice, targeting the honor of our people.

Western Thrace Turks never forgot Sadik Ahmet. With his encouragement, the darkness of the period that came over the Turkish existence like a hurricane was able to dissipate, and the hope of our people grew.”

THEY DID NOT STOP SAYING I AM TURKISH AND MUSLIM

BBP Chairman Mustafa Destici also stated that he owed his debt to the Balkan Turks and Sadik Ahmet, and said, "Balkan Turks were subjected to genocide, massacres, millions of people lost their lives, but there he did not hesitate to say that I am a Turk and a Muslim."

MHP Deputy Chairman and Erzurum Deputy Kamil Aydın also said that Sadık Ahmet is a name symbolized in the spirit of Western Thrace Turkishness and that he never gave up on the right cause he believed in.

SADIK AHMET'S IDEAS SHAPE OUR FUTURE

In her speech, DEB Party Chairman Çiğdem Asafoğlu said: “Sadık Ahmet's ideas and goals shape our present and future. His determination to fight and his belief in the cause are an example for us, the youth, and constitute a strength."

On the 75th anniversary of his birth, the Commemoration of Sadık Ahmet Program ended with a photo taken.
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